Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Basalt, COLORADO
You're ALPHA, YOU control the treat and how hard they have to work for one. ONE. Only give a treat to whomever does the better job. Personally I disagree with the gentle/soft voice IF dominance needs to be shown. Personally I always show dominance UNLESS we're playing. I use "NICE" as the "calm" command. Zion is still working at it as far as self-control goes, LOTS of energy and excitement when you're only 1yr, 4mo. But doing really well by having to earn everything. And if he start going into "autopilot" thinking he knows what to do to get the reward, sit before told, I add another command until he's on auto for 4-5 skills. Then I change it to just asking what can you do? What else can you do? Until we've gone through all of the 4-5 skills being worked on, and he's heading back towards auto mode. Then I make him break pattern HE has to change the order each time in which he does things. VERY rewarding for him, I can tell how proud he is as things continue to get harder. He thrives on it.
My point is I think making them work for it is more involved than just repeating the same stunt over and over. That is no longer work, it's pushing a button.
With 2 females there is GOING to be a power struggle going on, as they are both on the same line of higher archy within the pack. And same as you too? Meaning female. If that's the case the "current" structure is most likely (1) YOU (2) Bro's dog, because it's her turf then lastly in (3) Rooney, if you look at a hitter of pups the one that tends to get food aggressive is a subordinate, as they tend to get the least amount of milk, and eat last. That being said in that pack structure, the ALPHA would kick some ass for that type of behavior being directed towards a superior in the pack.
NOW, the point of this exercise is to have them redirect how they as send the pack ladder, his dog IS being possessive, of it's pack position, not of you,most likely. The way they move up the ladder is by behaving "performing" in a superior manner. Not through force. It's your role as ALPHA to set the standards as to how one ascends the chain of command.
Try it, they were created to WORK. Be DOMINANT! If unsure of what this really means try to find a video of a wolf/hybrid dominance battle, you can get aggressive, Ilike BITING ears, and snout to get the POINT across. Also by being aggressive in your assertion of power they will fall in line,FAST! This is due to the natural escalation of the fights in a natural pack.
Hope this helps.